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Prostate disorders usually develop after age 50, but some men experience them at a younger age. The three most common conditions are prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostate cancer. Although they share some of the same symptoms, they are very different. Treatments vary, too. For example, two men with prostate cancer might opt for treatments as divergent as radical surgery and doing nothing at all. Even getting screened for prostate cancer, which seems like it would be a no-brainer, requires thoughtful consideration. That s because most men usually feel compelled to undergo treatment if cancer is diagnosed often without knowing for certain whether the cancer would ever cause problems during their lifetime. By doing so, they risk complications like impotence and incontinence that can dramatically undermine quality of life. Whether you are considering medication for BPH or erectile dysfunction, or debating between radiation therapy and surgery for prostate cancer, you need to review your options carefully. This report, which provides an objective assessment of the risks and benefits of various procedures, can help. More than a primer on the most common prostate conditions, this unique publication includes summaries of that latest research, roundtable discussions with experts at the forefront of prostate cancer research; assessments of different therapies from Harvard Medical School doctors; interviews with patients about their treatment decisions; and physicians answers to questions posed by patients. It also includes helpful tips on managing and treating erectile dysfunction and impotence caused by prostate disease therapies.
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Marc B. Garnick, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Hematology/Oncology Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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